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Tattoo Fans Show off Their Bodywork at Festival in China

writer: Kaitie Louise Davies source:

Tattoo enthusiasts gathered in China to showcase their weird and wonderful body art at an annual festival which celebrates extreme bodywork.

Ink artists attended the international tattoo show in Nanning, in China, a three-day event which brings body art aficionados together from all over the world.

Contestants posed in underwear as they showed off their colourful designs on various parts of the body, while spectators gathered to take pictures.

The festival also gave tattoo artists the chance to enhance their skills and work on new designs.

In past shows more than 100 top tattoo experts have travelled from different countries, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom to attend the annual event.

As well as the tattoo show, artists exchanged their experiences and designs.

Contestants pose in their underwear to show their tattoos at the annual international tattoo show in Nanning in south China

Spectators gather to take pictures of heavily-tattooed visitors who gathered to show of their colourful and extreme designs at the three-day event

A tattoo artist works on a man during the festival which saw body art enthusiasts travel from all over the world to attend

One heavily-inked man stands with a woman whose back and tops of legs are covered in colourful designs, while a spectator takes a close look at the body art

A tattoo artist inks part of a man's back during the event which saw some of the top experts exchange ideas and designs

A man wearing a pair of shorts bends his leg as a tattooist creates a new design on his calf, adding to an older piece of body art

An artist wearing rubber gloves designs a new tattoo and draws on a man's arm as he works to extend an existing design